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News & Alerts

ECHA publishes revised “Chemicals in our life” Area for Public; contains Section on Nanotechnology
ECHA has published a revised version of its ‘Chemicals in our life’ section for the general public, which describes ‘how chemicals can be used safely in our daily life both at home and at work’. There are a number of mentions of nanotechnologies in here, although the main one is contained in a section on ‘hot scientific topics’
Spain, Portugal and Argentina sign MoU to strengthen Cooperation on Nano
The Argentinian, Portuguese and Spanish governments have declared they will ‘strengthen scientific and technical cooperation between [… them] in the area of nanotechnology’. An MoU on the matter was signed by national representatives on 11 March in Lisbon, Portugal
Presentation from NIA Webinar on Benefiting from Horizon 2020 now available
The Nanotechnology Industries Association (NIA) held a webinar on ‘Benefiting from Horizon 2020’ on 4 February 2014. The presentation from the webinar is now available for public download
NIA Members Consultation: OECD WPN Survey on Nanotechnology Commercialisation Policy - Deadline: 3 January 2014
The Working Party on Nanotechnology (WPN) of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) is undertaking a project examining policies that support the commercialisation of nanotechnology research
NIA EXCLUSIVE Members Briefing: Horizon 2020
NIA has published a members-only NIA briefing looking at the EU's latest common research framework programme, 'Horizon 2020'. In particular it looks at how nanotechnology industries can be supported by this framework for EU research and innovation funds
NIA unveils its Regulatory Monitoring Database
The Nanotechnology Industries Association (NIA) today launched its Regulatory Monitoring Database. This Database is a comprehensive tool that allows its users to monitor nano-specific regulations and standards around the world.
EU Project NanoDiode launches its Project Website
The European FP7 Project NanoDiode has officially unveiled its website. Visitors will be able to find the latest information on what activities will be being done by the project around the EU, what publications are considered vital to an understanding, and betterment, of nanotechnology dissemination activities, and see how NanoDiode aims to...
US Government Report provides Options for 113th US Congress on Nano
The US CRS recently published a report describing the work of the country’s NNI and outlining what areas could be worked on by the 113th US Congress. Potential changes are principally centred on the reauthorisation of the 21st Century Nanotechnology Research and Development Act of 2003
UN SAICM analyses Progress on Nano Work and elaborates on next Steps
UN SAICM recently published notes providing updates on emerging policy issues. Nanotechnologies and manufactured nanomaterials were among the topics looked at
EU Scientific Committees want Risk Assessment to be more applicable to Risk Management
The EU’s Scientific Committees have published an opinion calling for risk assessors to make their work more appropriate for risk management. The report, Making Risk Assessment more Relevant for Risk Management, was published with policy-makers and risk managers in mind
OECD releases Document containing Nano Activities Updates from its Members
The OECD has published the Tour de Table from the 10th meeting of its Working Party on Manufactured Nanomaterials (WPMN). It took place in late June 2012. During this meeting 'each delegation [had] the opportunity to describe recent or planned national initiatives and/or events related to the safety of manufactured nanomaterials'. NIA provided...
US OSHA publishes Fact Sheet on Safe Working Practices when using Nanomaterials
The US Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has published a short document providing 'basic information to workers and employers on the most current understanding of potential hazards associated [with nanomaterials]...and highlights measures to control exposure...in the workplace'
EU-US Communities of Research setting up Inventory of Nano Info Resources; asks for Stakeholder Input
The EU-US Nanotechnology Community of Research (CoR) on Databases and Ontologies is setting up an inventory of nanotechnology information resources. It is asking for stakeholders to help it by providing new information via an online form
NanoFATE Project looking for Industry Respondents for Social Perceptions Survey
The EU NanoSafety Cluster project NanoFATE is conducting a questionnaire into how ‘the scientists, regulators and other involved actors’ perceive nanotechnology. The NIA is therefore asking its members if they would like to take 5 minutes to provide their views to the project.
UN ICCM3 Meeting decides to include new Nano Measures in SAICM GPA
Delegates to the UN ICCM3 suggested a number of measures relating to 'nanotechnologies and manufactured nanomaterials' to the SAICM Global Plan of Action (GPA). Thirteen activities related to nanotechnologies were proposed by delegates for addition to the GPA
No single Measurement Method can currently satisfy EU nano Definition, finds EC JRC
The EC JRC has stated that no currently available measurement method for nanomaterials can be universally used for determining whether the Commission's recommended definition can be fulfilled. The finding is contained in a recently published JRC Reference Report
Chinese and Brazilian Authorities to sign Nanotechnology Patent Agreement
China's National Centre for Research in Nanotechnology Engineering and Brazil's National Nanotechnology Laboratory are set to 'sign a cooperation programme to share the benefits of future patents'
US NNI Map lets Users find Nano-related Education and Training Programs
The US NNI has published an 'interactive map tool' that makes it easy to find nanotechnology initiatives throughout America. Users can 'search for nanotechnology-related higher education and training programs, NNI Centers and User Facilities, as well as regional, state, and local initiatives'
Mainstream Press should improve Nanotechnology coverage, states Editorial
A recently published article has criticised how the mainstream news media report on nanotechnology. It comments that it is 'one large problem contributing to the issue' of the public perception of nanotechnology. Misconceptions about the technology 'linger on and seem to have taken hold' in various eco-activist groups
Call for public Engagement made following anti-Nanotechnology Violence in Mexico
A recently published article has stated that the violence perpetrated against nanotechnology stakeholders in Mexico has 'come at a pivotal moment', as while 'the public discourse about nanotechnology is currently fairly moderate', there exists the possibility it 'could easily become more polarized' in the future. The report states that 'the most...